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Blue Winds Dancing

Tom Whitecloud

Tom Whitecloud
(1914–1972)

Poet, short story writer, physician, and Chippewa Native American Thomas St. Germain Whitecloud II was born in New York City but spent much of his youth on the Lac du Flambeau Indian Reservation near Woodruff, Wisconsin, the town mentioned in paragraph 20 of "Blue Winds Dancing." After attending colleges in New Mexico and California, he received his degree in medicine from Tulane University. He lived in Louisiana and Texas throughout his medical career, and at the time of his death, he was a consultant for the Texas Commission on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse for Indians. He was a founding member of the American Association of Indian Physicians, which still prominently features his "An Indian's Prayer" at their website. His son, Thomas S. Whitecloud III, is also a physician.

"Blue Winds Dancing," which can be considered as either a story or a fictionalized autobiographical fragment, received a prize in 1938 from both Scribner's Magazine, in which it was published, and the Phi Beta Kappa National Honor Society.



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